category: theory

Ethics of Racial Identity

full name / name of organization: 
Adebe DeRango-Adem, PAMLA
contact email: 
adebe_@hotmail.com

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii.

[UPDATE] Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

full name / name of organization: 
Crisis Carnival 2010
contact email: 
sdsu.grad.conference@gmail.com

Crisis Carnival 2010: Spectacle! The Seduction of Illusion

What do the Olympic opening ceremony, drag queens, and Shakespeare have in common?

Linguistic theorists such as Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, and Guy Debord have all conjectured that we engage daily in performances that obscure the line between illusion and reality. These performances both re-affirm and challenge society’s values, boundaries, and taboos. By analyzing these spectacles, we can question the relationship between performance and the “real,” with the hopes of discovering the motivations behind these seductive visions.

In a society dominated by media constructions of our cultural values, it is more important than ever to evaluate the role that spectacle plays. What is the social significance of illusions – to inspire change, to help us distinguish the values most important to us, or to help us escape?

The goal of this conference will be to bring the conversation into a contemporary context. How are social anxieties personified in the spectacle of monstrosity? What role do today’s avatars, clones, and digital doppelgangers play in our conceptions of our “real” selves? How has the relationship between performance and the real changed since Shakespeare?

[Update] Currency and Consumptions: The Social Lives of Literary Texts

full name / name of organization: 
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain
contact email: 
slumadridconference@gmail.com

Currency and Consumption: The Social Lives of Literary Texts
Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference
Department of English
Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain
21-22 May, 2010

[UPDATE] Document/Anti-Document in Asian/American Photography (Special Session, 2011 MLA; 3/22/10)

full name / name of organization: 
Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, U of San Diego; Warren Liu, Scripps College
contact email: 
jjeon@sandiego.edu; warren.liu@scrippscollege.edu

We seek papers about Asian/American art photography that explore the documentary function, which has all but defined photography from its inception, and interrogate the photograph’s long-established

Nineteenth-Century American Literatue and Popular Culture

full name / name of organization: 
MPCA/MACA - October 1-3, 2010 - Minneapolis, MN
contact email: 
pprominski@gmail.com

Modern Literary Theories;A Critical Approach

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Sunita Sinha /Avant Garde: A Literary Forum
contact email: 
drsunitasinha@gmail.com

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[Update: Deadline Extended] Mediating Objects, Remediating Texts: Reading Material Culture in Transition (Grad)

full name / name of organization: 
University of Victoria English Graduate Student Society
contact email: 
uvic2010conference@gmail.com

This Mad Mad Mad Crisis; Where Will It Take Us Next

full name / name of organization: 
April Durham, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, University of California Riverside
contact email: 
april.durham@email.ucr.edu

A interdisciplinary panel that is part of the [dis]junctions 2010 graduate conference at University of CAlifornia Riverside, April 10-11, 2010.

Dislocations and Ecologies - special issue of EJES: The European Journal of English Studies (ABSTRACTS: October 31, 2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Alexa Weik (University of Fribourg) / Christoph Irmscher (Indiana University) eds.
contact email: 
alexa.weik@unifr.ch; christoph.irmscher@gmail.com

EJES: The European Journal of English Studies, Vol. 16, issue 1

Special issue on "Dislocations and Ecologies"

CFP: Feminism 2010

full name / name of organization: 
MP: an International Feminist Journal
contact email: 
lynda_hinkle@yahoo.com

MP: Feminism 2010 (Spring Issue) - Deadline April 30, 2010

Feminism 2010: One decade into the new millennium, what have we gained? What have we lost? How do we

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